UNK Student Organization Fair set for Wednesday, Sept. 1, on the UNK Campus.

Pam Russell
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, 202.478.5680 OR (c)301.760.0640, russell@case.org

UNK-The 2010 University of Nebraska at Kearney Student Organization Fair will be held at the Cope Fountain and the surrounding area on Wednesday, Sept. 1, from noon to 3 p.m.

According to Morrill native Jordan Gonzales, speaker of the UNK Student Senate, the fair is an annual event sponsored by UNK Student Government to give recognized student organizations an opportunity to introduce themselves to new and continuing students, and to give students a chance to meet, and possibly join, more than 150 student organizations on the UNK campus. In addition,
several off-campus organizations will participate to inform UNK students of the community service opportunities in the Kearney area.

This year, the UNK Student Organization Fair has a tropical theme. Organizations that decorate their booths using the tropical theme will be eligible for prizes.

According to Kearney native Paloma Mena-Werth, who is a UNK student government senator, prizes will be awarded to the three organizations with the most enthusiastic, creative and informative displays, as voted on by the judges who have been selected from among the UNK faculty and staff. The prize money that will be awarded is $200 for first place, $100 for second place and $70 for third place.

“All recognized student organizations have been invited to join the 2010 Student Organization Fair,” Mena-Werth said. Table locations are being assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

According to Mena-Werth, organization members can begin setting up their tables at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, and UNK Student Government members will be available at that time to direct students to their organization’s table. In case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed until Sept. 8.

“The past five years have shown great numbers of organizations involved,” Mena-Werth said. “More than 40 groups have set up displays each year. This year the free products will include drinks, food and free caricatures created by a professional artist.”